I have been looking for an excuse to use some large, light up arcade buttons for a while now. With a weekend pass for the Raspberry Pi party I decided this was the time to go all out and create my biggest Pi build yet!
This project was inspired by the work of Andy Stanford-Clark (@andyc) and Lucy Rogers (@drlucyrogers). They used NodeRED to control a Maplin Action Dino kit via the Twitter hashtag #wakedino. When a tweet containing #wakedino is found by the NodeRED script, the motor is started, which in turn makes the dinosaur nod up and down.
I opted to recreate their work in Python using the Tweepy library. I also wanted to build upon the NodeRed implementation with the addition of sound, and the capturing and tweeting of an image. Continue reading
What is it?
The MeArm has been developed by Ben Gray (aka @phenoptix) and is a laser cut, build it yourself, robotic arm controlled by 4 servos. Once built, just add a controller of some description (micro controller/Arduino, Pi, Beaglebone Black, etc) and drive the servos to move the arm around. You can find out more from Indestructibles article. Mine was purchased from 4tronix. Continue reading